Rebecca Adlington Swimmer

  • DOB

    17 Feb 1989
  • Coach

    Bill Furniss
  • Club

    Nova Centurion
  • Main event

    Freestyle
  • Best result

    Four Olympic medals
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 7
    • 2
    • 7
Rebecca Adlington torso

Rebecca Adlington is Great Britain’s most successful Olympic swimmer of the past 100 years, having won four medals across two Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012.

On her Olympic debut at Beijing 2008, Adlington became a household name overnight after winning gold in the 400m Freestyle. Later in the week, Adlington set a world record in the heats of the 800m Freestyle before going on to win the final two days later in another world record of 8:14.10 - two seconds under the previous record set by USA's Janet Evans when Adlington was six months old.

The teenager's achievements in China made her the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals since 1908 and first British Olympic swimming champion since Adrian Moorhouse at Seoul 1988.

The following season, Adlington scooped her first World Championship medals in the long course pool, winning bronze in both the 400m Freestyle and 4x200m Freestyle Relay.

She returned to her best form in time for her Commonwealth debut at Delhi 2010, doubling up again for golds over 400m and 800m Freestyle, as well as adding two more bronze medals over 200m Freestyle and 4x200m Freestyle Relay.

In 2011, Adlington completed her collecting of international titles, becoming Great Britain's first freestyle world champion with 800m Freestyle gold in Shanghai, having already won 400m Freestyle silver earlier in the week.

She signed off in memorable style at her second Olympic Games in front of a home crowd at London 2012, springing a surprise bronze medal from an outside lane in the 400m Freestyle, then repeating the result to win an emotional 800m Freestyle bronze.

Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
200m Freestyle 2008 1:56.66
400m Freestyle 2009 4:00.79
800m Freestyle 2008 8:14.10 BR
Short Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
200m Freestyle 2006 1:59.25
400m Freestyle 2009 3:59.04
800m Freestyle 2008 8:08.25
Olympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
400m Freestyle 2012 4:03.01 Bronze
800m Freestyle 2012 8:20.32 Bronze
400m Freestyle 2008 4:03.22 Gold
800m Freestyle 2008 8:14.10 Gold
World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
200m Freestyle 2011 1:59.40 24th
400m Freestyle 2011 4:04.01 Silver
800m Freestyle 2011 8:17.51 Gold
400m Freestyle 2009 4:00.79 Bronze
800m Freestyle 2009 8:17.90 4th
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2009 7:45.51 Bronze
800m Freestyle 2007 8:36.26 10th
Commonwealth Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
200m Freestyle 2010 1:58.47 Bronze
400m Freestyle 2010 4:05.68 Gold
800m Freestyle 2010 8:24.69 Gold
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2010 7:58.61 Bronze
European Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
400m Freestyle 2010 4:04.55 Gold
800m Freestyle 2010 8:27.38 7th
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2010 7:55.29 Bronze
400m Freestyle 2006 4:13.91 11th
800m Freestyle 2006 8:27.88 Silver
World Championships (25m)
Event Year Time/Score Result
800m Freestyle 2008 8:08.25 Gold
4x200m Freestyle Relay 2008 7:36.96 Silver
European Championships (25m)
Event Year Time/Score Result
400m Freestyle 2006 4:09.66 14th
800m Freestyle 2006 8:20.42 4th
400m Freestyle 2004 4:20.43 20th
800m Freestyle 2004 8:36.84 7th
200m Butterfly 2004 2:15.02 20th